Wolves Den Fitness's expert instructors help pupils sculpt sleek physiques with a schedule of fitness classes flush with cardio, strength training, and hand-to-hand combat. Specializing in a panoply of fighting styles, instructors lead Wolves Den classes that arm students with muay-thai, boxing, and mixed-martial-arts techniques to burn fat by pummeling punching bags. Non-confrontational classes such as yoga and pole dancing teach students to beat back the advancing armies of flab while toning muscles.
Metro Karate Academy is 20 years old, but Sensei Anthony Rockwell has been studying the martial arts for even longer—30 years to be exact. This has given him plenty of time to amass numerous accolades in his craft, from a 7th-degree black belt to championship titles both locally and nationally. At the academy, he and his instructors teach American Tae Kwon Do to children and adults. Though physical fitness and the ability to chop jello molds in half come as bonuses, the teachers work mostly to build a sense of discipline and concentration in their students. In fact, they specifically recommend the martial art for those who battle ADHD or other attention disorders, as it can help cultivate better focus.
Soaring drives splash onto three-dimensional greens at Inside Edge Golf, where nine aboutGolf PGA Tour simulators set the scene for year-round golf and revelry. Stunning, realistic graphics reproduce more than 50 world-famous courses on the facility's sprawling screens, summoning golfers to carefully tread the ocean-side vistas at Pebble Beach or eschew diminutive jeers from the wind-swirling pixels that plague St. Andrews.
On The Back 9, players trade electronic courses for an 1,800-square-foot practice green outfitted with chipping areas, breaking putts, and a mini flop hedge. Leagues throughout the winter crown champions with simulated green jackets, and Kitchen, which is open year-round, sustains swing strength with snacks, sodas, and beers.
The door of the limousine opens and flash bulbs burst in a thunderstorm of press and paparazzi. The crowd shoulders each other behind velvet ropes, craning their necks to catch a glimpse of the diamond-studded star at the head of the red carpet. When the sea of people parts, a self-assured third-grader is revealed as she greets her fawning public.
Popcorn Media gives kids the chance to experience strutting down the red carpet during their Movie Star workshops and weeklong camps. Attendees soak up the secrets of screen acting from a director who works with Disney and Nickelodeon studios while producing their own unique work. They oversee each production element that goes into a film's creation, from lighting and filming to rehearsing and giving their parents an autograph. At the end of each session, kids attend a red-carpet premier of their work amid the applause of friends and family.
Having trekked to Minnesota from India, South Africa, and across the United States, the instructors at Yoga Prairie pack a world’s worth of experience into a single studio. They each have attended at least 200 hours of certification training, and all share a focus on practicing yoga with correct physical alignment. During daily classes, the instructors guide students through diverse, therapeutic programs based on traditions including Hatha, Vinyasa, and Ashtanga. They also operate as a 200- and 500-hour yoga teacher training program, helping students work toward becoming instructors themselves.
Each of the three chiropractors at Premier Sports and Spine Center has a specialty in treating athletes and rehabilitating sports injuries. In turn, they take extra time before any treatment to figure out the root cause of a patient’s pain or discomfort. They’ll then draw from a wide variety of techniques that help to treat such ailments as headaches, back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, and tennis elbow.
After consulting with each patient, the chiropractors can realign the spine using manual adjustments, or untie any triple-knotted muscles using massage therapy; they even harness ultrasound wave technology that can treat scar tissue. The specialists also focus on preventing injury; to that end, the center has created customized exercise programs, or they can tape up one’s feet to help the muscles maneuver more smoothly.